On the Field for Afternoon Practice – 8/14

If today’s morning practice was a little more laid back, the afternoon practice was almost relaxed. Very little went beyond half speed, as most everything was about determining assignments and formations for Saturday’s game. Lots of activity for the scout team offense and defense, and only a very few things stood out at all.

  • Malcolm Kelly was able to participate in practice … sort of. While everyone else participated in (or watched) special teams, the quarterbacks practiced precision passing — hitting the corner of the end zone, for example. Kelly stood in the corner of the end zone with his arms out, and the QBs dropped passes into them. Not exactly running at full speed (or even moving at all), but it was good to see him able to contribute in some way. Also, he had managed to find his own shorts, and not wearing Rock Cartwright’s clothing seemed to make him happy.
  • Both punters were really booming the ball during the special teams drills and practices. This week is reportedly going to be an all Durant Brooks game, and he really seemed to be getting some leg into the ball today.
  • Fred Smoot was amusing himself on the sideline by singing Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart“. “It’s a good song,” Smoot said, somewhat unconvincingly. “What can I say, I’m a cultured guy!”
  • H.B. Blades was back out on the field, although not fully participating yet. “I’m not completely back yet,” he said. “I’m just taking steps to get where I need to be.”
  • The final huddle broke to cheers and general enthusiasm, as the guys took off to check out of the hotel and get back to their houses. Just about everyone I talked to cited “sleeping in my own bed” as the thing they were most looking forward to, although Marcus Mason mentioned “watching TV in HD” as a positive. “They’ve got these nice HD TVs, but they don’t get real HD.” (It’s something I also noticed when I was at the NCC, and it would’ve driven me insane if I’d lived there for this long.) And Jason Campbell just wanted to go get dinner somewhere. “I used to really like Benihana,” he said, “but I’m not sure what I’ll want tonight.”


7 Responses

  1. Chirp. Chirp.

    This blog is dead, everyone goes to RedskinsInsider.

    Larry Michael and Matt Terl chug too much Kool-Aid.

  2. Matt you’ve done a fantastic job this year, I hope you get the chance to keep doing this. We get to see a lot of things that we wouldn’t normally see, and it’s great to get a different slant on the players and practice. It’s insightful and interesting, so keep it up brother!

  3. Matt, you’re doing a terrible job. See you in the unemployment line, soon. Your slant tastes like Kool-Aid. Chirp.

  4. hey Matt forget these teenagers that don’t know what it is to have a job like yours

  5. Teenagers don’t drink as much Kool-Aid as you.

  6. I think they pretty good so far through this part of the preseason. We’ll see what there like in the regular season…I’ll bet they get a wild card play off spot and have to go to Seatlle again.

  7. This blog is as refreshing as a pooping out two days worth of Mexican food. Keep up the good work!

    And don’t let the haters get you down. Just because you’re a bootlicking toadie doesn’t mean you don’t have pretty pictures.

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